5 Days Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth Safari

This 5 days Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth safari starts and ends in Kampala. It involves heading to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for gorilla trekking, later drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for game viewing and launch cruising on the Kazinga Channel.

Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 2: Gorilla trekking

Day 3: Depart to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 4: Game drives and launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel

Day 5: Return to Kampala

Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest        

Pick up clients from The Lodge and head south-West to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It will take you approximately 10 hours to reach the park from Kampala. You will have a short stop at the Equator for an informative talk as well as a photographic opportunity. We will continue to Mbarara where were we will stop for lunch.  Your drive will take you through Uganda rolling green hills through the highlands, also known as the ‘Switzerland of Uganda’. Your road will then head even higher to where you can see the triangular peaks of the Virunga volcanoes of Rwanda and the Congo. We then drop down into a valley, to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home of the mountain gorilla. Tonight you will sleep to the sounds of the mountain rainforest.

Accommodation: Lake Mutanda Lodge (Luxury), Lake Kitandara Tented Camp (Midrange) and Wag Tail Eco Lodge (Budget)

Meal Plan: Lunch and dinner

 

Day 2: Gorilla trekking

Go gorilla tracking, walking up steep densely forested hills before finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. An inspiring moment! (This trek can take from half an hour to 5 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes) Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It’s amazing to think there are only about 700 of these beautiful creatures left.

Accommodation: Lake Mutanda Lodge (Luxury), Lake Kitandara Tented Camp (Midrange) and Wag Tail Eco Lodge (Budget)

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

 

Day 3: Depart to Queen Elizabeth National Park

You will depart early with our packed lunch for Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will drive through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth known as Ishasha, famed for its tree-climbing lions. Ishasha is a remote and beautiful extension of Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will see buffalo, topi and hippo among other species. It is a fabulous sight to see the lions draped from the trees and nowhere in Africa do you stand a better chance of seeing this than in the large low-limbed fig tree of Ishasha.  After checking in and having some time to relax, head for a late afternoon game drive. You often spot Elephants, waterbucks, warthogs, hippos and others.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury), Katara Lodge (Midrange) and Enganzi Lodge (Budget)

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

 

Day 4: Game drives and launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel

After breakfast, your safari guide will drive you to Kasenyi Area of the Park for a sunrise game drive. Here you will be able to see numerous elephants as well as water hog, lion, hyena, Uganda kob, waterbuck and bushbuck. In the afternoon a boat trip along the Kazinga Channel gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others. After this wonderful afternoon, a slow drive back to Lodge.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury), Katara Lodge (Midrange) and Enganzi Lodge (Budget)

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

 

Day 5: Return to Kampala

After a morning breakfast, we will return back to Kampala stopping en-route for lunch arriving in the late afternoon.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and lunch